The Nissan R32 GT-R, or as commonly known, the Skyline. The first generation of the “Godzilla”, powered by the mythical RB26, and with its all wheel drive system, revolutionized the world of street racing.
The model made its debut in 1989, counting with vast upgrades over the previous generation of Skyline, the most noticeable change being the implementation of an all wheel drive system, that made the car stick to the ground, as well as a fully mechanical differential in the back, and also four-wheel steering, the Godzilla also had a vastly improved brake system over cars of the era.
Curiously, the nickname Godzilla wasn’t given by the Japanese, but by the Australians, since that the R32 won several Australian Touring Car Championship Races, more noticeable the Bathurst 1000, and for the great performance members of the press started calling it Godzilla, due to being the monster from Japan.
Skyline generation, starting in the R32 and coming to an end on the R34, were all powered by the RB26DETT.
This engine is a 2.6 Liter, 6 cylinder, 4 stroke petrol engine. It featured a dual overhead Camshaft, or DOHC, and so counting with 24 valves, across all 6 cylinders, thus each cylinder had 4 valves, 2 intake and 2 exhaust; it was also set apart from other RB26 engines due to having individual throttle bodies, one for each cylinder. this version of RB featured, from factory two parallel T25 Garret turbos, coming to a grand total of 280Hp stock power, but more accurate stock figures of up to 320Hp.
This particular engine is very well known for its ease to be upgraded, making vulgar to see examples developing upwards of 600HP, coming sometimes over the 1000HP mark.
Drive-train and Chassis:
The Nissan Skyline R32 was the first of the series to feature a All Wheel Drive system, counting, counting with a 5 speed manual gearbox. The differential was a mechanic limited slip (LSD) differential in the case of the GT-R, and it also used a 4 wheel-steering system, named in Nissan cars HICAS (the rear wheels were steered by a hydraulic system connected to the front wheels).